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Sunday, February 21, 2010

JGB: November 17, 1981, Uptown Theatre, Chicago, IL

A couple of quick notes about the Jerry Garcia Band @ Uptown Theatre in Chicago, IL, in late 1981.

[note that the Trib appeared to be misspelling it as "Theater" in this timeframe.]

First, it appears the show might have originally been scheduled for 10/29/81.

That would have made it the first show of the tour, but it looks like it was bumped toward the end and held on November 17th.

Second, the Jerry Site has always shown early and late shows for this date. But a listing in the Chicago Tribune from November 15 shows only one show, beginning at 7:30:

Does anyone know if there were actually two shows on this night?

While I am in this time-period, does anyone really believe that the JGB played three sets at the Denver Rainbow on 11/19/81? I don't.  But I do hope to find out. You'll be the first to know.

update: Mason Taylor aud listening notes


  1. Great show. Went with Beth Unsinger. We were on the main floor under the balcony. That balcony was rocking, we thought it was going to fall on top of us. Great show. Great time to be alive.

    It was 1 show 2 sets. So much fun!!!

  2. Thanks for your feedback, Gd Jg. It was sold out, I presume?

  3. I was in the balcony. I don't believe it was sold out.

  4. Several songs from that show were the best solos I ever heard, incl 'how sweet it is,' miss moon' and 'I'll take a melody'. -- tape from this show is priceless, despite poor sound quality.

  5. I am not sure how closely I have listened to it. Thanks for the pointers!

  6. Found another reference to some scheduling weirdness: "The Jerry Garcia Band canceled its entire tour, but Garcia is expected here with the Grateful Dead before Christmas." Chicago Tribune, October 5, 1981, p. illegible.


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